As the winter days begin to come to a close, now is a great time to get your air conditioner ready for spring and summer. Before too long, you will need to crank up the cool air and you will want your HVAC system running properly. The last thing anyone wants is air conditioner problems when it starts getting hot.
The following are some things you can do to start getting your air conditioner ready for spring and summer heat:
Clear Dust and Debris
During the cold season, your home is shut up and the same air is recycled. The cold winter brings along with it extra dust and debris that can build up inside the vents of your HVAC system. Before you get ready to use your air conditioner full time, take a few minutes to clean out your vents so that you will have clear air flow, preventing your unit from becoming overworked.
Exchange the Filters
Air filters should be changed regularly, typically every few months at the very least. Before you are ready to turn on the air conditioner this spring and summer, be sure you change your air filter. If you have a reusable filter, take the time to clean it really well. This will remove all the stale dust from your home. The last thing you want to deal with is additional dust in your home during spring allergy season. In addition, filters can become clogged and slow down your HVAC, causing it to work harder and wear out more quickly. This is a very simple task that anyone can complete.
Check the Outdoor Unit
Take a look at the condenser unit outside to see if it needs any attention. Chances are there is some fallen foliage and debris built up around the condenser. You will need to remove that debris, as that is where the air for the HVAC enters the unit. The condenser needs to be clean to work properly. When air cannot flow through the unit, serious damage can occur. The motor will not be able to work correctly and can eventually burn out, leaving you with a hefty bill just before air conditioner season.
If you are not comfortable with doing your seasonal HVAC service maintenance yourself, you can always call your local air conditioner technician. He or she will do an overhaul on your unit and ensure that it is ready to go this spring and fall.